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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Moderate Extremists

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Forbes
Monday, March 9, 2009

In an interview with The New York Times, published on March 8, President Obama appeared to suggest that his administration might be willing to talk to people in Afghanistan whom the newspaper characterized as the "more moderate elements of the Taliban."...

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Politics and the Fairness Doctrine

by Robert Zelnickvia Boston Globe
Saturday, March 7, 2009

THE EFFORT by Democrats in both Houses to resurrect broadcasting's "Fairness Doctrine" after a 22-year hiatus suggests the fragility of constitutional values once the lure of partisan advantage comes into play...

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Avoiding Conflict of Interest, or Conflicting Ideas?

by Henry I. Millervia TCS Daily
Friday, March 6, 2009

In order to avoid conflicts of interest, President Obama promised repeatedly that he would not appoint lobbyists to positions in his administration, and one of his first actions in office was to issue an executive order forbidding executive branch employees from working in an agency or on a program for which they have lobbied during the previous two years...

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Arnold and I at bloggingheads.tv

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, March 9, 2009

Arnold Kling and I talk about the state of economics and the current crisis...

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Georgia, a Nation Stalled On the Road to Democracy

with Larry Diamondvia Washington Post
Monday, March 9, 2009

Mikheil Saakashvili strode into Parliament like a returning hero, basking in applause...

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Comrade Rudd's great con game

with Niall Fergusonvia Sydney Morning Herald
Monday, March 9, 2009

It is going to be fascinating to see how long Kevin Rudd, the greatest illusionist ever to become prime minister of Australia, can maintain this illusion of omnipresent leadership created by his energy, his ubiquity and his hypocrisy...

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Lesson of financial crisis: communications is policy

with John B. Taylorvia Podium Pundits (DC)
Monday, March 9, 2009

In line with what Ed says below about the tone of POTUS’ comments to the New York Times, a very excellent and very short book has just come out from the Hoover Institution Press...

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Believers in free markets are fighting back

with Niall Fergusonvia Times (UK)
Monday, March 9, 2009

“If you bound the arms and legs of gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, weighed him down with chains, threw him in a pool and he sank, you wouldn't call it a ‘failure of swimming'...

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Union bill creates jobs—for GOP ops

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Politico
Monday, March 9, 2009

Danny Diaz’s morning e-mails are back...

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Contrarian gems

with Niall Fergusonvia Business Spectator (Australia)
Monday, March 9, 2009

Whisky, golf, liberalism, banking...

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Depression Dynamic Takes Hold as Markets, Banks Revisit 1930s

with Robert J. Barro, Robert E. Hallvia Bloomberg
Monday, March 9, 2009

The U.S. economy’s vital signs may not confirm a diagnosis of depression...

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Wales on Wikipedia

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 9, 2009

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the birth and growth of Wikipedia...

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Blindsided by criticism

with Michael J. Boskinvia Augusta Chronicle (GA)
Sunday, March 8, 2009

Except for celebrating it, the color of Barack Obama's skin never really became an issue...

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown Probably Didn’t Want to Go Home

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia BritishPolitics-etc
Sunday, March 8, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown must have wished that he could just stay in Washington, and not go back to London...

In the News

Oh, the debts we will see!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, March 8, 2009

$3.6 trillion budget...

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Political economic panel

with Niall Fergusonvia CNN
Sunday, March 8, 2009

CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks to panelists about the intersection of economic and political problems at home and abroad...

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'The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan' by James Mann: A look at how the president helped end the Cold War

with George P. Shultzvia Dallas Morning News
Sunday, March 8, 2009

Did Ronald Reagan truly engineer the end of the Cold War, or was he just a bumbler who watched Mikhail Gorbachev at work?...

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Regulation by Prosecutors Conference Takes Shape

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Corporate Crime Reporter (DC)
Sunday, March 8, 2009

What are the risks and benefits of deferred prosecution agreements?...

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Surging U.S. Unemployment Rate Puts Pressure on Obama

with Robert J. Barrovia Bloomberg
Saturday, March 7, 2009

The jump in the U.S. unemployment rate to the highest level in a quarter century last month suggests the recession is deeper than the Obama administration forecasts and additional measures may be needed to restart growth...

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Job Losses Hint at Vast Remaking of Economy

with Robert E. Hallvia New York Times
Saturday, March 7, 2009

As government data revealed that 651,000 more jobs disappeared in February, a sense took hold that growing joblessness may reflect a wrenching restructuring of the American economy...

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National jobless rate jumps to 8.1 percent

with Michael J. Boskinvia San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, March 7, 2009

The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent in February, its highest since 1983, as employers cut 651,000 jobs in what is becoming the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression...

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Who, what, where, when, why, and what if?

with Niall Fergusonvia Ottawa Citizen
Saturday, March 7, 2009

'Virtual history' has been dimissed as a parlour game, but imagining what might have been gives us insight into what actually was...

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LET THEM FAIL

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, March 6, 2009

We're going to run out of money...

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The same old mistakes

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, March 6, 2009

One of the depressing parts of the New Deal was its willingness to help big labor and big business, a classic case of the seen and the unseen...

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Obama touts recovery amid grim economic news

with Michael J. Boskinvia Reuters
Friday, March 6, 2009

President Barack Obama tried to highlight some good news and tout his economic plan on Friday, but the grim reality of plunging employment and faltering stock markets once again stepped on his message...

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We're betting on government to fix the crisis, but policy worsened it

with John B. Taylorvia Canwest News Service (Canada)
Friday, March 6, 2009

So far, the collective response to the economic crisis has been to place extraordinary faith in the power of government to lead us to recovery...

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Why Wall Street keeps giving Obama a thumbs down

with Michael J. Boskinvia Los Angeles Times
Friday, March 6, 2009

Since President Obama took office, the Dow Jones industrial average has lost more than 1,600 points, shedding 20% of its value...

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Differentiated Instruction Tailors To Varied Reading Levels In East Hartford

with Diane Ravitchvia Hartford Courant
Friday, March 6, 2009

In her orderly third-grade classroom at O'Connell Elementary School, Paulla Bogue works with the focus of a veteran air traffic controller...